by Travis Trombley
As we look ahead to 2018’s exciting slate of films, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the cinema of the previous year. Ideally Hollywood filmmakers are doing the same thing in order build on worked well and learn from what didn’t. For our purposes, though, I wanted to reflect on the most important films of the year - those that made the most impact thematically, those that best represent us as elements of a mythology.
In that spirit, here is HeroMonitor’s list of seven films to remember from 2017. We will rank our top 6, then name 1 major disappointment - 6 good movies plus one not-so-good movie equals 7. Yay for math. Now, this is not an exhaustive list, as it only pertains to the films discussed on this site throughout the year. Nor is a film's absence from this list indicative of a negative evaluation (hint - I really loved Spider-Man). These are just the films most meritous of discussion. Of course, if you agree or disagree, sound off in the comments.
#6 - It
An astute adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, It is about evil and about fear, but the film expands those themes beyond the simple presence of a demonic, child-eating clown. Rather, this nostalgic blockbuster's cultural importance rests in its depiction of the inclination to see evil done and to do nothing about it - the inclination towards indifference and complacency - and how such tendencies can be overcome.
For more on It, check out our essay on the moral psychology of the film, as well as the film's use of irony.
#5 - Blade Runner 2049
A sequel 35 years in the making, this October hit expands the original’s interrogation of what it means to be human by exploring the importance of memory, intimacy, reproduction, and the place of personal narrative. It’s two and a half hours psychological and philosophical rumination disguised as a detective story with razor-sharp action sequences and absolutely captivating cinematography - science fiction storytelling at its very best.
Check out Rich Morgan's piece on the film's effectiveness as a sequel.